Worth the extra money

Nokia 6.1

Supports more carriers

Moto G7 Play

The Nokia 6.1 isn't the newest phone these days, but it's still one of the best budget options in the U.S. It has a premium design, crisp display, more than capable specs, and even has an NFC chip for Google Pay. The biggest downside is that it only works on AT&T and T-Mobile.

$229 at Amazon

Pros

  • Sturdy aluminum design
  • Full HD screen
  • More RAM
  • NFC for Google Pay
  • Guaranteed software updates

Cons

  • Larger bezels
  • Only works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks

The Moto G7 Play lacks in some areas compared to the Nokia 6.1, such as its display quality and RAM. It does get a few points for better battery life and its water-repellent nano-coating, but the real win is the fact that it works on any U.S. carrier you want — including Sprint and Verizon!

$180 at Amazon

Pros

  • Considerably smaller bezels
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life
  • Water-repellant nano-coating
  • Supports all U.S. carriers

Cons

  • Plastic design
  • Software updates remain uncertain

Spec for spec, the Nokia 6.1 is the phone we'd recommend first. It has a higher-quality display, more RAM, a surprisingly premium design, and is much more likely to get software updates down the road. With that said, if you rely on Sprint or Verizon as your carrier, the Moto G7 Play is the default choice.

What the Nokia 6.1 does better

Nokia 6.1

When it comes to the Nokia 6.1 vs. the Moto G7 Play, there are a few things that Nokia does better to earn our overall recommendation between the two.

Nokia 6.1 Moto G7 Play
Operating System Android 9 Pie
Android One
Android 9 Pie
Display 5.5-inch
1920 x 1080
LCD
16:9
5.7-inch
1512 x 720
LCD
19:9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage 32GB
Expandable up to 256GB
32GB
Expandable up to 1TB
Rear Camera 16MP
f/2.0
1.0µm
PDAF
13MP
f/2.0
1.12µm
PDAF
Front Camera 8MP
f/2.0
1.12µm
8MP
f/2.2
1.12µm
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Charging USB-C
18W fast charging
USB-C
10W fast charging
NFC ✔️
3.5mm Headphone Jack ✔️ ✔️
Water Resistance ✔️

Starting first with its design, the Nokia 6.1 feels considerably more premium. It's made out of 6000 Series aluminum and features a two-tone black and copper aesthetic. It's sleek, sturdy, and feels much more substantial in the hand compared to the Moto G7 Play's plastic construction.

The Nokia 6.1 handily beats the Moto G7 Play when it comes to screen resolution, RAM, and NFC.

The bezels surrounding the Nokia 6.1 are a clear reminder that the phone was released in early 2018, but the actual screen itself is better to look at that the G7 Play's. Both phones use LCD panels, but the Nokia 6.1 has a higher resolution at 1920x1080 for a genuine Full HD experience. The 16:9 aspect ratio does look a little odd by 2019 standards, but it's far from a deal breaker.

Feature-wise, the Nokia 6.1 also benefits from an extra 1GB of RAM and an NFC chip that enables you to use your phone for contactless payments via Google Pay.

Perhaps even more important, the Nokia 6.1 is part of Google's Android One program. This means it's guaranteed to receive software updates and security patches in a timely manner, and when compared to the Moto G7 Play and Motorola's notoriously bad update policy, that's a big win.

Why the Moto G7 Play is still worth considering

All of that should make it pretty clear why we prefer the Nokia 6.1 over the Moto G7 Play, and while that's true, there is one big reason why you should still buy Motorola's option — carrier compatibility.

Where the Nokia 6.1 only supports GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, the Moto G7 Play works on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. There are a lot of unlocked phones like the Nokia 6.1 that are only compatible with GSM carriers, so it's great that Motorola supports everyone.

The Moto G7 Play also gets some points for its water-repellent nano-coating, fewer bezels surrounding its display, greater expandable storage, and longer battery life thanks to the 720p screen, but if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile, the Nokia 6.1 still offers a more complete package.

Worth the extra money

Nokia 6.1

A phone that punches above its price tag.

The Nokia 6.1 may not have the most modern design out there, but for the price, it still delivers a really great user experience. The display looks good, performance is more than adequate, and the clean Android One software package is fantastic. We also love the inclusion of NFC for Google Pay and fast charging speeds.

Supports more carriers

Moto G7 Play

The default choice if you use Sprint or Verizon.

The Moto G7 Play looks like it belongs in 2019 with its notched 19:9 display, but when you start to take a look at its RAM and screen resolution, it shows its weaknesses compared to the Nokia 6.1. With that said, the G7 Play is the only one that works on all major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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